Crafty Crochet (cro-shay)

The life of a long haired, barefoot, crochetin' momma

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

From Buffalo and Proud of it!

I'm from Buffalo. We eat chicken wings, not buffalo wings. We drink Labatt Blue and love it. Mighty Taco always has preference over Taco Bell. Pop, not soda and Pepsi, not Coke. A sub, not a hoagie. They are sneakers, not tennis shoes. It's a sucker, not a lollipop. Bison Chip Dip, Duff's Wings, Aunt Rosie's Loganberry, Chevetta's Chicken, and Ted's Hot Dogs are all too familiar. A fake ID is unnecesary when there is always Canada... but we have them anyway. Our bars don't close until 4, and we DO sell beer in a grocery store, which always makes for early starts and late nights. We never cuss, but we swear entirely too much. We know that a 65 mph speed limit really means 80. We will cut you off, swear, and give you the finger if you are not keeping up AND do it all in the snow, while expecting nothing less in return. Driving in the snow not only comes naturally, it is fun. We lived through Wide Right, The Forward Lateral, and No Goal. We love the Sabres (no matter what) and accept that it takes 2 hours to get home from a game. Nothing closes in 3 feet of snow or -20 windchills... in fact, that's how we prefer to tailgate. The 2001 Christmas Storm that dumped nearly of 7ft of lake effect snow we still think it's a mere 2nd to The Blizzard of '77. We can correctly pronounce, spell, and identify Chippewa, Scajaquada, Lackawanna, Cheektowaga, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Olean and Tonawanda without hesitation. We are one of the seven wonders of the world. It's the second largest city in New York. I AM FROM BUFFALO and damn proud of it!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Best Baby Hat Ever

This is my original pattern.
I have used techniques I have learned from various sources.
I rate this pattern "Easy enough for a Beginner"

The Best Baby Hat Ever! LOL
Scraps of homespun and a J hook

Round 1 - Start with a magic loop
8 single crochets in loop
NO slip stitch to join, just continue in a spiral
In back loop only:
Round 2 - 2 sc in each sc around (16 sc)
Round 3 - 1 sc, 2 sc around (24 sc)
Round 4 - 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc around (32 sc)

Now just continue on until the hat looks long enough. (Mine is 15 rows)
On mine I used a light purple for the main part, and a dark purple for the last 2 rows, for the last row sc in BOTH loops, slip stitch to join to the very last stitch.

This hat is very stretchy; has not been tested on a baby or any round object of similar size (yet)
Please try my pattern and let me know what you think

"The preemie hat is sized to fit an orange, the newborn hat to fit a grapefruit."

Super Easy Newborn Baby Booties -

Preemie Booties -
(Amanda has a doll that these fit perfectly using a G hook and Bernat Baby Coordinates)

Baby Sizes -

Also - the right way to join in a round (to avoid that nasty crooked seam)